Igor Sikorsky did not take no for an answer – ever. Igor Sikorsky

His creation of a helicopter as a powerful life-saving instrument was realized during his lifetime. Sikorsky helicopters have helped save an estimated 2 million lives since the first civilian helicopter rescue occurred on Nov. 29, 1945, using an R-5 Sikorsky aircraft, according to company history.

Rescue made possible by a Sikorsky helicopter.

“Whether we call it sacrifice, or poetry, or adventure, it is always the same voice that calls.”

РAntoine de Saint-Exup̩ry